Program Requirements

Students will need to complete 126 credits to graduate from the Urban Forestry Program. The courses will include the following components:

Core Courses (30 courses; 90-93 credits)

The core competences and skills will be delivered through the shared course requirements to give students the breadth of learning to integrate disciplines from the social, economic and ecological fields.

Minors (6 courses; 18 credits)

Students can choose between two minors in the Urban Forestry Program at the end of the 2nd year, enabling depth to be developed within certain specializations.

Selecting a Bachelors of Urban Forestry Minor

Students in the Bachelors of Urban Forestry (BUF) Program are asked to select one of two minors at the end of 2ndyear: Urban Green Space Management (UGM) or Landscape and Recreation Planning (LRP). The choice to minor allows for the specialization of practice within urban forestry. This specialization allows you to increase your depth of knowledge in selected domains of urban forestry and can help prepare you for future career directions. In exceptional cases, students may select courses from both the minors, but this requires additional approval and these students will not receive a minor designation. Selecting a minor requires some reflection on your interests and career goals. The guide below is intended to help you make this decision.

Minor in Urban Green Space Management (UGM)

The Urban Green Space Management Minor is suitable for students interested in the management and care of urban forests & other green spaces, based on scientific and economic principles, with a natural science and resource management emphasis. Students learn about hydrology, plant pathology, soils, sustainability, silviculture, and restoration of complex ecological systems. We are currently working to accredit the UGM minor under the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP), creating an easier pathway for students to become Registered Professional Foresters (RPF’s).

Potential Careers: Municipal Urban Forester, Community Forestry, Park Management, Arboriculture, Conservation Officer, Urban Forestry Consultant, Policy and Governance, Green Infrastructure Systems, Restoration Ecologist, Utility Forester, Wildland Interface Manager, Invasive Plant Management, Urban Wildlife Protection, Urban Farmer/Gardener, GIS Technician

Specialized Course Topics: Biotic and Abiotic Disturbances, Hydrology, Urban Green Infrastructure, Advanced Soils, Ecological Restoration, Complex Adaptive Systems, and Silviculture

Minor in Landscape and Recreation Planning (LRP)

The Landscape and Recreation Planning Minor is for students interested in planning and design of urban forests and other green spaces for urban communities across various scales. Students will learn principles of design thinking, site analysis,landscape planning, and sustainable design. Courses also focus on social sciences, such as managing for aesthetics, environmental perception, and community engagement.

Potential Careers: Urban/Regional Planner, Landscape Architect, Recreation and Parks Planner, Green Infrastructure Planning, Sustainable Urban Development and Planning, Environmental Public Engagement, Botanical Garden/Arboretum Management, Urban Forestry Consultant, GIS Technician

Specialized Course Topics: Environmental Perception, Visual Resource Management, Urban Green Infrastructure, Agroforestry, Planting Design, Urban Planning, Recreation, and Natural Resources Conservation

Students may also choose not to select a minor, but to “mix & match” by selecting 6 courses from both minors pools.

Electives (5 courses; 15-18 credits)

Students will complete five or six 3-credit elective courses: three elective courses in the first two years chosen the courses from a prescribed pool; one free elective course in Year 1 if students have completed Grade 12 Biology; and two electives for Year 3 or 4.